Summer through Fall Beer Festival Guide

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Get your calendars out because we have a solid guide to most of the upcoming local beer festivals–both new and old–that fill the rest of the summer and seem to run nearly back-to-back through the fall season, from this weekend’s Vancouver Brewfest and The Bite of Oregon to the Bend Brewfest, numerous Oktoberfests and Fresh Hop Fests, and even a Vegan Beer Fest. With 16 festivals on our calendar from now through October 10th, there will be no shortage of reasons to get out and drink. Still, I am sure we missed a few.

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August 7-9

Vancouver Brewfest

Vancouver, Washington – The Vancouver Brewfest is “A Celebration of Craft Beer!”  More than 80 brews to try, great food, fun, art/craft vendors and live music make this the premier event for beer lovers in SW WA. We recognize beer lovers sometimes have friends that don’t drink beer, so we’re bringing a variety of wine, cider, mead and a Tiki Rum Bar for “those” friends! Sample for 1 token or get a whole pint for 4 tokens. $1 per token. Yes, you did the math correctly, that’s $4 per pint of any beer. Sample Rum from NW distillers and slide on over to the Tiki Rum bar for an “Island Style” drink! More info at: vancouverbrewfest.com

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August 7-9

The Bite of Oregon

Portland, Oregon – The Bite of Oregon is the largest culinary event in the state and annually draws more than 50,000 friends, families and foodies who descend to Portland’s Waterfront Park with the same goal in mind: To celebrate Oregon’s bounty! In 2015, the Bite celebrates its 32nd anniversary Aug. 7-9 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  Advance Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds generated from the Bite of Oregon directly benefit Special Olympics Oregon. More info at www.biteoforegon.com

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August 8

4th annual Westmoreland/Sellwood Summer Brew Fest

Portland, Oregon – Portland U-Brew in the sellwood neighborhood hosts the 4th annual Westmoreland/Sellwood brew fest. 6 local breweries on tap, cider from Bushwackers, live music all weekend, BBQ, fundraiser for brain tumors. Kid/pet friendly, outdoor events with tents. $20 for a mug and 10 samples.$1.00 samples. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/469006066583504/

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August 12

Beer Wars IPA Fest

Bend, Oregon – Beer Wars IPA Fest is back on Wednesday August 12th at 10 Barrel Brewing’s Bend, Oregon brewpub with 30 different IPA’s from 5 different states. Featuring some of the best breweries from Oregon, California, Washington, Colorado and Idaho! 
Entry is FREE! Purchase a tasting glass and tasting tokens to try the various IPAs. 
Blind tasting and voting is from 4pm to 7pm.
Results revealed and live music from 2nd Hand Soldiers from 7pm to 9pm.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1655910341306914/

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August 13-16

Bend Brewfest

Bend, Oregon – Four days of craft beer bliss featuring 170+ craft beers, on the banks of the Deschutes River, in Bend, Oregon. Oh, twist my arm.The 13th annual Bend Brewfest focuses on tasting and enjoying fine craft beers as well as great food.
More info at: http://bendbrewfest.com

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August 13-16

11th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

Portland, Oregon the North American Organic Brewers Festival will celebrate its 11th years with a new date: the event has moved away from its traditional June weekend to August 13 through 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.
More info at http://www.naobf.org

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August 15-16

6th annual IIPA Festival

Portland, Oregon – Featuring over 30 rotating Double & Some Triple IPAs, Double Bacon BLTs, a Berliner Weisse Oasis & live music, the 6th Annual IIPA Festival will take place at Saraveza, Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern and neighboring Bad Habit Room on Saturday and Sunday, August 15th & 16th. More info at: http://www.saraveza.com/site/comments/6th_annual_iipa_fest/

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August 16th

The Mighty Mites Session Fest/Hawthorne Street Fair

Portland, Oregon – the 4th annual The Mighty Mites is dedicated to flavorful beers of low alcohol at 5%ABV or below. This year’s festival features two session ciders and adds full cans of beer to the list. The fest will be held during the Hawthorne Street Fair as a standalone beer fest and outdoor beer garden on SE 32nd Ave. off of Hawthorne in front of Bazi Bierbrasserie. There will also be a taco vendor, ice cream, frozen cocktails, outdoor games like corn-hole and more. $10 entrance for a cup and a few tickets, all-ages too! 11am – 7pm and more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1724329791127919/ or check back at www.bazipdx.com for an update.

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September 4-5

7th annual Little Woody

Bend, Oregon – The Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Fest presented by Bigfoot Beverages was created to commemorate one of Central Oregon’s cultural hallmarks – craft beers. This is a festival for beer lovers and connoisseurs alike!

In the past, brewers served beer that had been aged in oaken casks. Once again, brewers are turning to these historic techniques in order to add depth of flavor to their brews. The Little Woody celebrates this ancient brewing technique as adapted by American craft brewers, featuring beers & ciders aged in wine barrels, whiskey barrels and oak barrels, which uniquely flavors and intensifies the beer. This year we are excited to bring cider into the barrel aged fun! More info at: http://thelittlewoody.com/home/

Brews for New Avenues

September 12

Brews For New Avenues

Portland, Oregon – Brews for New Avenues is a charity casual gala-style event and festival designed for beer geeks. From world class level rare beers and whales on tap to rare bottle and cellar auction and a wall of beer, this is becoming the signature beer charity event. If your a hardcore beer geek this is a cant miss event.

Brews For New Avenues is a signature event of the Ambassador Board of New Avenues for Youth. The Ambassador Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness about New Avenues in the community, assisting in fundraising for the organization, and fostering the development of future community leaders. Click here to learn more.

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September 17-20

Feast Portland

Portland, Oregon – Feast Portland is more than a food and drink festival, they do have a number of educational craft beer seminars and tasting panels and breweries featured at many events. Feast showcases the energy, creativity and enthusiasm that’s driving America’s food revolution while celebrating two of the culinary world’s most inspiring places: Portland and Oregon. From spirited one-of-a-kind large-scale events featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country and the world, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners and panels, Feast offers some of the most compelling experiences and original programming in the modern food festival conversation. More info at: http://www.feastportland.com/

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September 17-20

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest

Mt. Angel, Oregon – A celebration of the harvest in Bavarian style. Something for everyone at Oktoberfest! Mt. Angel is located 18 miles northeast of Salem on Highway 214. Founded in the late 1800s by German settlers, this town has an Old World flavor which is heightened by the many Bavarian style storefronts and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. They celebrate their German heritage each year during the Oktoberfest, held in September. More info at: http://www.oktoberfest.org

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September 26th

Hood River Hops Fest

Hood River, Oregon – Awarded silver medal for best beer festival from the Willamette Week, Oregon Beer Awards, the Hood River Hops Fest is an annual celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops. Hood River County is surrounded by world-renowned hop growing regions, and since 2003 brewers have gathered each September in downtown Hood River to share their fresh-hop beer creations. The family friendly event features a variety of food vendors, over 40 breweries with over 60 fresh hop beers, rocking live music, and an awesome collectable mug. Mark your calendars this is a festival not to be missed! More info at: http://hoodriver.org/events-festivals/chamber-events/hops-fest

Vegan Beer Fest

September 26th

Vegan Beer Fest

Portland, Oregon – Founded in LA, the Vegan Beer Fest comes to Portland for the first time this September. The lineup looks a little more about vegan food than beer, but beer will find no small amount of support here. QuarryGirl, Tony’s Darts Away, and Nic Adler present the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival. Hosted by the Doug Fir, Herbivore Clothing, and the Bye & Bye, the festival features the best of the region’s craft beer, ciders, and kombucha. The organizers have curated the top vegan food carts, trucks, vendors and restaurants. A Vegan “Pop Up” Marketplace will have vendors selling everything from clothing to vinyl to craft goods. Chalk walls, cornhole, and giant Jenga will also be enjoyed. More info at: http://www.veganbeerfest.com

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October 3rd

WW Pro-Am

Portland, Oregon – Willamette Week’s Beer Pro / Am is back for it’s 3rd year and moving to an even larger location at Metalcraft Fabrication on N. Tillamook. The festiva allows you to taste never-been-brewed-before beers crafted by teams of one home brewer and one professional brewer. By peoples choice a winner is crowned each year and there will be food vendors and live music. Home and Pro-Brewer applications are being accepted right now.

 

October 3rd

Portland Fresh Hop Festival

Portland, Oregon – The largest Fresh Hop festival in Portland is produced by the Oregon Brewers Guild and will be held again at Oaks Park on October 3rd in 2015. No details have been announced yet but you can expect a large collection of fresh hop beers by Oregon breweries, local food vendors and some German music, all under a big tent. Keep checking http://oregoncraftbeer.org/brewery-event/portland-fresh-hops-fest/ for them to update the info from last year.

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October 10th

3rd annual Peche Fest

Portland, Oregon – The 3rd annual Peche Fest is dedicated to all things peaches, primarily rare, sour, and barrel-aged brews but also peach stouts, peach strong ales, peach ciders, peach meads, and food and desserts that use peaches. As usual the Peche Fest will be hosted by Saraveza and The Bad Habit Room with a brand new facebook page set up for updates https://www.facebook.com/PecheFest or keep checking Saraveza.com, too.

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Samurai Artist

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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